Choose Extra Virgin Olive Oil For Baking These Delicious Treats
If you have a weakness for a delicious slice of cake or some fresh bread, swapping your saturated fat for the best olive oil you can find is a great choice for the health conscious baker.
The health benefits of extra virgin olive oil do not need to end if summer salads are swapped for winter comforts. What better way to warm up after a refreshing winter walk than a hot drink and some chocolate chip cookies? This cookie recipe from our website collection is a quick and easy way to get your sugar fix without overloading on saturated fats.
If you fancy something even more indulgent, why not give this yummy chocolate cake with olive oil a go?
Why Baking With Extra Virgin Olive Oil Is Good For You
Although it is perhaps more common for people to reach for butter, margarine or neutral tasting oils such as canola or vegetable oil for their baking, choosing extra virgin olive oil is not only a healthy choice but delicious too.
The best extra virgin olive oils, such as Morocco Gold, are packed full of polyphenol antioxidants and because of the high smoke point of monounsaturated fats, extra virgin olive oil holds on to much of its goodness during the cooking process.
Can I Bake Bread With Olive Oil?
According to breadnewbie.com opting for olive oil as an ingredient in bread making is a great way to go, explaining:
“The premium extra-virgin is of the highest quality. They’re really good because they are made without using excessive heat and without using any other chemicals. I prefer buying a virgin or extra-virgin and use it for everything: bread making, cooking, drizzled over bread, and for dressings. It’s not cheap but I wouldn’t give it up, I couldn’t. If you’re interested in the many health benefits that this ingredient has, buy an extra-virgin one.”Breadnewbie.com
The only tricky bit is selecting which one, which ultimately comes down to taste. Morocco Gold has a distinctive ‘pepperiness’ with hints of sweet almonds, fresh turf and a hint of herbs.
Looking for more inspiration to bake with extra virgin olive oil?
With all this talk of monounsaturated fat, polyphenols and cake in one sentence, you must be tempted to get in to the kitchen this winter! And, if you need any more inspiration for winter friendly comfort bakes with extra virgin olive oil, why not check out our recipe section. You will find plenty more recipe gems such as these Greek Christmas Cookies called Melomakarona, with Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
Just remember, those in the know recommend substituting ¾ the amount of butter called for in a recipe with olive oil. For example, if the recipe lists ½ cup of butter, you’d need ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons of olive oil.